Editions By Law

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Editions Chris

A label for productions by Chris Ochuodho for Raha Tele in Nairobi, Editions Chris seems to have operated in the late 1970s and early 1980s

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Editions D’Ivoire

A CBS imprint from the late 1980s that reflected the rise of Paris as a key recording centre for Congolese musicians. Usually bad pressing, the look clean but sound shit.

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Editions De Hudson

Frantal Tabu, the credited songwriter EDH 01, played with a number of Congolese bands in Kenya, including Orch Shika-Shika and Orch Boma Liwanza and formed Orch Vundumuna with Sammy Kasule in 1984.

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Editions Diabim

Edition Diabim was another outlet for Lingala recordings distributed in Kenya by the industrious Melodica.The different catalogue numbers assigned to the Orch Grand Piza singles may indicate that they are Congolese rather than Kenyan pressings.

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Editions Elengi

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Editions FrancAfrique

An AIT imprint of the 1980s ostensibly for the distribution of contemporary records in Lingala

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Editions Jojo

Label for Les Mangelepa

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Editions Mabele

Distributed by Melodica, this may have been a Kenyan version of a Congolese label as www.bolingo.org lists five other singles by the band released on the African label that were all licensed from Editions Mabele.

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Editions Makassy

AIT label for the Tanzania-based Congolese band who are well known outside Africa on the back of the phenomenal Agwaya album (Virgin, 1982)

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Editions Mamuza

Nice looking label with only one Lingala release.

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Editions Mangelepa

Looks like a privat label for the band.

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Editions Masantula

AIT subsidiary label

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Editions Mau-Mau Afrique

Kikuyu label

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Editions Mazembe

Distributed by AIT yet bearing the EMI logo, Editions Mazembe was dedicated to releasing singles by one of Kenya’s most popular bands between 1977 and 1986.

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Editions Mbonda

Distributed by Melodica, a label dedicated to productions by Johnny Bokelo, younger brother of Dewayon and one of the seminal figures of Congolese music. Singles released in the 1976-77 period.

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Editions Monama

Looks like a private label with only one release.

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Editions Musique Bénie

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Editions Mwana Mama

Produced by Oluoch Kanindo and POK Music Stores of Nairobi and with a label design that owes a lot stylistically to Editions Veve, this label functioned in the mid to late 1970s.

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Editions Nana

An AIT distributed label that appears to be primarily a vehicle for releases by Johnny Bokelo’s Orch Conga International, who also recorded for Editions Mbonda and Editions Mwana Mama.

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Editions Ntimbo

Nguashi N’Timbo was band leader of Festival du Zaire and the composer of Shauri Yako, which gave Orch Super Mazembe a massive hit when they covered it and is one of the great songs of Africa. In addition, he was also a producer for Festival du Zaire and other bands such as Top Forum and Sentima. These singles are part of recordings that he licensed to Melodica.

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Editions Omaco

Label for a Popular Congolese band operating in East Africa, who also recorded for Ken-Tanza, Sindimba, Stereo. Thanks to Doug Paterson and Peter Toll for details of these singles. Doug provided the label scan and I’ve taken the liberty of including a blowup of the crest on it. The band, originally from Lubumbashi, came to Tanzania on tour in the 1970s and decided to stay on in Dar Es Salaam. Enterprisingly, they set themselves up as a cooperative, OMACO, that owned the White House Club in Ubungu and bought a farm outside the city that sold its produce in the Kariakoo market.

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Editions Records

A label with Lingala and Luo output. 4 releases known.

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Editions Sakumuna

Veky's Veve subsidiary label.

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Editions Shika-Mama

Evidently a sister label of Edition Shika-Shika, both being operated by Umoja Productions of Nairobi,

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Editions Tillo

Probably a Congolese label.

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Editions Tobina

Label recorded and published by Jaca Productions and produced by AC Kochomo, a Kisumu producer who worked often with Luo bands such as Orch Sega-Sega.

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Editions Vévé

The main label for Verckys productions in the early to mid 1970s

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Editions Zigo

Distributed by Melodica, this label seems to have been either a sister label or a successor to Editions Biby. It was evidently run by Coco Zigo Mike, a Congolese singer who was originally in Orch Shama Shama, then worked in Kenya with Orch Viva Makale, Orch Kombe Kombe and later in the 1980s with Orch Moja One and Orch Virunga.

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EMI

One of the bigger labels that mostly operated in West Africa

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Equator Records

In the late 1950s English expat Charles Worrod bought the assets of East African Records and by 1960 had launched Equator Sound Studio and with it the label. Its roster included many legendary figures of Kenyan music including Fadhili William, Daudi Kabaka, Peter Tsotsi and Nashil Pichen, as well as top Ugandan singers Fred Masagazi and Charles and Frida Sonko. The label folded in 1974 when Worrod left the country as a result of laws that barred him from running a business unless he became a Kenyan citizen.

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Esso

A subsidiary label of Equator sound studios, released one promotion single in the mid 60's

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Eunice Harmonic Sounds

Kikuyu label, so far documented only one released single.

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FEG Disco

Label with Kikuyu and Lingala output.

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Gakindu Boys

Not much info on this label around, only seen one release by Rift Valley Bros.

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Gatundu Boys

The label is by a self-promoted or locally backed Kikuyu band from Gatundu, a small town in Central Province that’s 10 miles west of Thika and best known as the birthplace of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.

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Genidia

A polygram subsidiary label for releses by Tabu Ley Rochereau and his Orchestra Afrisa.

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Githiga K. Sound

Another private Kikuyu label. Few releases.

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Hit Parade

Produced by Audio Productions of Nairobi, the company behind APL, Sound of Music and other labels, this is the main label for Jimmy Moni Mambo’s Orch Shika Shika of the late 1970s-early 1980s.

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Hoditone

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Holy Ghost

Private label of David Waciuma. A religious connection here as the label reads "Jesus Christ is coming again, be ready to meet him!"

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Ihoya Riakwa

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Imanuel

Gospel Kikuyu Label

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Jambo

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Jera Inn

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JowiJa Mwomo

Luo label with base in Nairobi

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Joy Sounds

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Judo

Sister label of Kung-Fu records. Released Luo bands.

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Julus

An Audio Productions label that probably dates from the 1980s.

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Kaifa

Kaifa Records was an Ethiopian record label. It released 53 records between 1973 and 1977. Ali Abdella Kaifa, better known as Ali Tango, managed the company. Singers who recorded for Kaifa included Alemayehu Eshete, Bezunesh Bekele and Mahmoud Ahmed.

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Kalagwena

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Kalambya

The label is part of the same stable as the Matunda and Mercury labels.

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Kalamindi

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Kamukunji

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Karura Brothers Sounds

Label dedicated to the Kikuyu band, led by James Mbugua.

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Kasanga

An intriguing label that appears to have had a longer history than most. Apart from the Kodedema Top Band and Elgonets singles, all the records with a KAS prefix come from the AIT master catalogue, suggesting that firm’s involvement at some stage.

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Kasongo

One of the Wamenyo stable of labels, which also included Bwana Otieko Weche, Log Dichiel, Piny to Angoni?, Weka Waka and X-Mas. The one constant across all these labels is that their records are undated.

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KBS

An Andrew Crawford Productions label dedicated to releases by Kenya Blue Stars.

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Kelly Brown

A private label for the Mombasa born Abdulkadir Mohammed Ali Bux, aka Kelly Brown.

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ken-tanza

A CBS label from the early 1980s that appears to have started out by licensing Tanzanian records for release in Kenya then very quickly broadened its scope to include any Swahili pop it fancied.

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Kenya United Sounds

One of the main outlets in the 1970s for records by the influential Kikuyu bandleader and entrepreneur Joseph Kamaru and his City Sounds Band.

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Kihumbu Harmonic Sound

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Kikuyu Sounds

As the label name indicates, this was an outlet for Kikuyu singles by, with the exception of the Kilimambogo Brothers, some of the less well-known names on the local music scene. It is a sister label to Akamba Sounds.

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King Kong

An AIT label for productions by PO Kanindo that has three distinct strands. The first couple of singles are by a Luhya band who also recorded for Swara and Editions Shariff. The 700-800 series are by the main players on the Luo benga scene of the mid-1970s, artists Kanindo recorded often and on a multiplicity of labels. The 1000 series started later than the 700-800 series and features records by Kallenjin artists. Almost all of the listings for the label come from AIT’s master catalogue, but OK 1017 turned up on Ebay in March 2011 to confirm a slightly later start to the series. OK 1033 appears to feature two of the label’s bands coming together to record a song in praise of Daniel Arap Moi who became President of Kenya in 1978.

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